PIA09701: Both Solar Arrays Open on Phoenix Mars Lander
Mission: Phoenix
Spacecraft: Phoenix Mars Lander
Product Size: 2731 x 1688 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
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NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Phoenix Mars Lander, was partway through assembly and testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in September 2006, progressing toward an August 2007 launch from Florida. In this photograph, spacecraft specialists work on the lander after its fan-like circular solar arrays have been spread open for testing. The arrays will be in this configuration when the spacecraft is active on the surface of Mars.

Photojournal Note: As planned, the Phoenix lander, which landed May 25, 2008 23:53 UTC, ended communications in November 2008, about six months after landing, when its solar panels ceased operating in the dark Martian winter.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/UA/Lockheed Martin

Image Addition Date:
2007-07-09